Dean's Office

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Dean's Message
Dean - Donna J. Petersen, ScD, MHS

Welcome to the USF College of Public Health, part of USF Health. We just finished celebrating 30 years of practicing our passion and we look forward to having you join us as we embark on the next 30 years of improving the public’s health.

We are excited about our recent successes and our future plans. We moved up in the US News and World Report rankings this year from 21st to 16th in the nation. That is a tremendous testament to the incredible efforts of our faculty, staff, students and over 2,000 alumni. We secured the largest navigator grant in the nation and continue to outstrip every state in our efforts to help people enroll in insurance programs under the Affordable Care Act. Our top researchers continue to investigate issues affecting the health of women, children and the elderly while designing methods to combat deadly global diseases like malaria and onchocerciasis. And our state of the art learning environment enables technology-enhanced interactive learning, service learning in the community and group development of competencies essential for public health practice.

We are in the midst of recruiting our largest group of new faculty since we were formed in 1984. From experts in social epidemiology and health economics to community interventions and the human genome, we are building the expertise to nurture the next generation of scholars and professionals. Our BSPH program continues to grow; our newly transformed DrPH program has attracted its largest class ever; and our completely revised MPH core curriculum is gaining a national reputation as an excellent model of competency-based preparation for professional work in public health.

If you aren’t already a part of our vibrant community, we welcome you to visit us and learn how we can help you practice your passion and make a difference in your world. Public Health is your health and the college of public health at USF is ready to be your school.

Donna J. Petersen, ScD, MHS, CPH

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